Dating tobacco tins

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(Note: In our time of nostalgia advertising- this may not be entirely applicable, but other clues will provide more identification information.) The construction of your tin may also provide clues to its age.

In the 1930's/40's tins were constructed of rather thick steel sheet.

A copyright date may appear but the product may not have been actually marketed until the following year or later.

Find out more about Copyright and Patent information as you read the listing below.

Labels were not always printed in the same location (city or state) as that of the manufacturer or distributor so you may have to make some long distance phone calls or write some letters to learn about the printing company's history.

Much of it was used only for a short time, usually no more than five years, after the event or person was significant.By looking up the business in the directory you can determine when they moved to a new location or the address simply changed because of changes in the city's addressing system.If you're collecting a particular brand or have several major brands in your collection, it really pays off to know the manufacturer/distributor history.Addresses on tins can often be linked to a time period, even down to the exact year, if you use an old city directory or telephone book.If you're collecting local brand/company tins you probably have access to a library or historical society that have these books.

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